May 20 2016

The Five Best Gifts to Thank Your Teachers

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It’s almost the end of the school year, and we all want to show our children’s teachers (or our own) how much we appreciate them! While giving the typical gift card is perfectly appropriate, sometimes we want to do a little bit more to show our love for the teachers. The Gift Insider is bringing you the perfect gifts to show teacher appreciation!

1. For the “young-at-heart” teacher
Adult coloring books are ALL the rage this year and this one is a personal TGI favorite. Stunning patterns made by ColorIt, free your creativity and relax the mind. Perfect for the youthful teacher that wants to de-stress from the year in a unique way.

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2. For the “organized” teacher
Let’s face it; it is easy to buy gifts for teachers that help organize their busy lives. We’ve listed our three favorite gifts for the organizational fiends.

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The Kate Spade Stapler

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 The Mint Poppin Desk Set

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3. For the “active” teacher
S’well water bottles are everywhere right now and trust us; where there’s smoke, there’s fire. These water bottles keep hot liquids hot for up to twelve hours and cold liquids ice cold for up to twenty-four. Bonus- we’ve heard that the 24oz. ones can hold a full bottle of wine (let the teachers thank you later).

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4. For the English teacher

These personalized Mark and Graham journals are the perfect gift for the teachers that love to write. Set with a cherry wood veneer and stuffed with thick Italian paper, these are not your typical drugstore notebooks. Say thank you by (stylishly) giving them the tools to express their thoughts.

Mark and Graham Cherry Wood Journals

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5. For the “luxury-loving” teacher
Every teacher could use a luxurious tool to help them relax and unwind from their crazy days. Bath bombs are perfect at the end of the day, and nice shaving kits are the best way to start your day off on a good note. These are two options for the male and female teachers that we love.

For Her: Organic Bath Bomb Gift Set

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For Him: The Man Can

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Teachers, we want to hear from you! Comment below the best gifts you’ve ever been given at school!

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Apr 25 2016

2016 Gift Guide: Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Your mamma gave you life. Give her something good. We’ve rounded up some unique picks for the person who deserved nothing but the best.

1. Fleurings Vase Jewerly

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Fleurings vase jewelry is a collection of earrings, necklaces and hairpieces designed to hold water and keep flowers fresh. Designed by Samantha Lockwood, actress and Bikram Yoga teacher who loves wearing flowers. Simply add water & any favorite flowers to match any outfit.  $65-$95. Available at Fleurings.com

2. Pass Down Journal

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Cherish Mom or Grandma’s past and help pass on their stories and memories for the future with this hardcover Pass Down Journal. It’s full of 100 life interview questions that guides the writer in capturing their life story so they can pass on for future generations. $29

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Available at passdownjournal.com

3. Bloom Rose Box That Lasts

 

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One of our absolute favorite discoveries this year, we are love everything about these Blooms by Heinau real flower arrangements that are guaranteed to last 6 months or longer. Their new luxury rose box is perfect for moms office, powder room or nightstand.  $148. Available at bloomsbyheinau.com

4. Monogram Photo Notebook by Minted

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Get Mom organized with a customizable notebook planner. Minted lets you choose your cover design with a name and any of your own photos. It’s the perfect gift for moms or grandma’s who want as many photos of their kiddies as possible.  All designed by Independent Artists. $16. Available at Minted.com

5. Temperature Regulating Sheets

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This Detroit based, Reverie, company is all about helping you have a great nights sleep. Their luxe performance bed sheets are temperature regulating, breathable and moisture wicking. They are made with RevTek™ cool knit for luxurious performance. Available at Reverie.com

6. Kiss Instawave Automatic Curling Iron 

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Genius! We need it. Mom needs it. The Kiss Instawave is an automatic curler that curls hair without you having to twist, fumble or do much at all. You place hair on wand, push button and automatically catches and curls hair. Quick, easy and perfect for Mom who likes a little curl but isn’t a pro at a styling. $45. Available at Amazon

7. Hydration Tracking Mug

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For the mom who is always up on the latest health and fitness gadgets, the Pryme Vessyl is the new, genius gift she’ll love. It’s a brand new smart to-go mug that intelligently tracks hydration in real time, so makes sure you are drinking enough water all day long. It integrates with popular fitness apps like Jawbone or HealthKit to make sure you are staying hydrated even when mom’s too busy to think about herself. $99. Available at MyVessyl and select apple stores

8. Circuit DIY Cutting Machine

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This is the perfect gift for the DIY, pinterest loving, crafty mom. Mom can use to make cards, invitations, decor, favors, etc. You design a project, pick your material, then cut and assemble. So many amazing DIY ideas we can think of to use this for!
Machines start at $179. Available at Cricut

Watch The Gift Insider on WXYZ Detroit and Fox Chicago sharing our picks. Tune into Fox Chicago on May 4th to see more ideas.

Browse our other favorite gifts for mom in our Mother’s Day and For Mom pages on TGI.

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Apr 18 2016

Gifts For The Man In Your Life That He’ll Actually Use

Everyone knows that buying a gift for him is no simple task. Finding a present that combines the perfect amount of “manliness” without being corny is a tough job. Whether it’s for his birthday, your anniversary or anything in between, The Gift Insider rounded up six of our favorite things for him to make your life a little bit easier.

1. PickPokit Guitar Pick Wallet 

For the creative guy, these guitar pick wallets are unique and convenient. Surprise him with something that shows that you took the time to truly appreciate his art.

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2. Burly Candles 

These rugged candles from Burly.co are a must have accessory for every mancave & bachelor pad. Men want candles too and these outdoorsy scents are the perfect answer.

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3. Gift Crates

These crates are the answer for everyone in the dating phase. Gift Crates fills up wooden crates with tasty snacks, cool gadgets, and high quality gear.

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4. Hey Handsome Shaving Kit Bag

A shaving kit bag is necessary for the man that is always on the go. These Hey Handsome bags combine the perfect mix of practicality and cute with a little message on the bottom that will have him thinking about you more than he already does.

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5. Floating Beer Pong

For the one the never wants to grow up! These floating pong sets are the perfect gift for the guy that likes to spend his weekends at the beach house with friends.

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6. Blackwood Wallets

High-quality wallets, low price! These sleek blackwood wallets are are known for their workmanship and are the perfect gift for the businessman.

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We want to hear from you!

Ladies: What is the best present you have ever bought for him?

Men: What is the best present you have ever received?

 

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Apr 12 2016

Perfect Wedding Presents for the Bride & Groom

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Wedding season is upon us, and there’s no better time to up your gifting game than with a heartfelt gift for the couple-to-be. We’ve rounded up a few unique picks for your favorite 2016 couples. Tune into ABC’s TV20 Detroit on 4/13 to see us chat about this gift guide live.

1. Vows as an Art Print 

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Turn the happy couple’s vows into a piece of art they can hang right on the wall. Minted will turn the couple’s vows (or any other text) into a piece of art that’s personal and beautiful. The print is available in letterpress or foil-pressed options as well and you can handpick the font. Starts at $36

Available at Minted.com 

2. Gold Initial Tray 

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An initial or monogram tray is the perfect personalized gift. This option from West Elm is perfect for serving drinks, organizing odds and ends or making breakfast in bed. $34 + monogramming

Available at westelm.com

3. Romantic Picnic Basket

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For the couple who loves romance and adventure, gift a picnic basket filled with outdoor dining essentials. This option comes with break-proof glasses, plates, napkins and enough room for a few bottles of rose and some delish sammies.

Available at Macys

4. Hydration Tracking Mugs

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For the fitness-focused couple or lover of the latest gadgets, gift the new Pryme Vessyl. It’s a genius smart to-go mug that intelligently tracks hydration in real time. It integrates with popular fitness apps like Jawbone or HealthKit to make sure you are staying hydrated and at your best throughout the day. Perfect to use on the day of the wedding as well! $99

Available at prymevessyl.com and select apple stores

5. Bright + Compact Keurig 2.0 

 

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The brightly colored Keurig 2.0 is perfectly compact and practical for the newlyweds. Pair with a set of Mr and Mrs mugs and some K-Cups to help start them off on a peppy foot. Try K-Cups from Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. 7 refreshingly fun colors, we love the Turquoise, Orange or Violet.

Availabe at Keurig.com or other major retailers

6. Monthly Plonk Wine Club

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Gift a curated monthly Wine Club to the newlyweds. Plonk Wine Club sends recipe pairings & tasting notes to the newlyweds and specializes in artisanal, small batch & sustainably grown boutique wines from around the globe. 2, 4, or 12 bottles a month & choose your Club; Mixed, White, Cabernet, Pinot, Sauvignon. Starting at $49.99

Available at plonkwineclub.com

7. Create a Custom Love Song

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Our Song Online let’s customers create an original and totally unique singer-songwriter style song recorded on acoustic guitar and cello, all personalized to the specific recipient. The lead writer at oursong has been writing love songs for over 14 years to his high school sweetheart-now-wife-of-ten-years and is now using his experience to create gift songs for fellow romantics and creative gift givers. Prices vary from $206 to $318.

Available at OursongOnline.com

 

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Apr 7 2016

Registry Must-Haves for Entertaining: Macy’s Registry Series

In our final post in our Wedding Registry Series partnership with Macy’s, we rounded up our favorite picks for entertaining. Whether the newlyweds are more of the laid-back bbq type or the formal sit down dinner types, you can’t go wrong gifting something to help them host family and friends. If you are looking for other wedding gift inspiration, browse our Wedding Registry Trends piece.

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1. Vera Wang Wedgwood Dinner Set ($139) 2. Vera Wang Toasting Flutes ($85) 3. Villeroy & Boch 3-Tiered Server ($190) 4. Lenox Rose Desert Servers ($84) 5. Kate Spade Melamine Tray ($40) 6. Home Design Studio Diffuser ($50) 7. Marble Square Paddle Cheeseboard ($58), 8. Cellar Gold Stemless Wine Glasses ($43) 9. Waterford Rebel Blush Decanter ($195)

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Apr 6 2016

Wedding Series: What I Gave My Bridesmaids

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For our latest post in our Wedding Series, I’m talking about what I gave my bridesmaids. I couldn’t choose one gift so I chose a few and stacked them up in true Gift Insider fashion. In case you missed the start to our Bridesmaid gifting journey, be sure to check out our past post on How We Asked Our Bridesmaids. A special thank you to the wonderful 8 ladies who helped make our day so perfect.

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I stacked three different sized white boxes from Michaels and tied together with velvet blush ribbon from Minted and stuck on “Worlds Best Bridesmaid” ribbons from Anthropologie (no longer available.) I had a calligrapher from Etsy handwrite gift tags in gold.

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I wrote a little note inside each box that explained why I chose each gift. Gift #1 was a wrap that I found in Paris at my favorite boutique Merci. I chose different style floral for each wrap and it had a little tag that said merci (thank you!). I found them right after we got engaged and thought it was the perfect little token to show them how much I appreciated them.

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I know a lot of people gift jewelry to wear on the day of the wedding, but I wanted to give something they could wear beyond the wedding, so I gifted these thick script initial necklaces from Etsy. Another great line is HL Collection from Tel Aviv. (use GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off)

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For the final gift, I went with the popular Sugar Plum robe. I loved that they matched the liner of our invitation and the blush vibe of the wedding. I also gave a sleeping mask in the same floral pattern.

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It isn’t always easy finding the perfect gift for your most inner squad. If you can’t find the perfect thing, gift a few smaller items. Feel free to browse our packed Pinterest Board or our Wedding Party gift section of the site for more inspo. We’d love to hear about what you gave or got as a Bridesmaid gift below.

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Mar 30 2016

Party Must-Haves for The Best Bachelorette Party Ever

Wedding season is right around the corner, which means bachelorette & bachelor parties are about to be in full swing. Whether you are heading out for a relaxing spa weekend in Napa or hitting the clubs in Vegas, TGI is here to give you party essentials to plan the perfect bachelorette party. If you need more inspo, check out last years post on my own Miami Bachelorette weekend.

The “Oh Shit Kit”

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Every smart party planner knows that the day after is never fun. These “Oh Shit” hangover kits are cute and key to a long weekend. Have a fun bag stuffed with your favorite hangover cures for each of the guests.

*TGI Suggestions: Advil, Tic Tacs, Wisps, Eye Drops, Mini water bottles, Hangover Joes Hangover Shots

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“To Have and To Hold- Your Hair Back” Hair Ties

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If the party is a success, majority of you will need to tie your hair up at some point (either due to dancing the night away or because the bride is praying to the porcelain god). Either way, these hair ties are a cute, functional, and customizable.

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“Mini Crown” For the Bride-To-Be

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It’s important for the bride to stand out but if she’s not so much the fake veil type, these mini crowns are perfect. Understated yet just sparkly enough to catch everyone’s eye.

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Personalized Quizzes

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No bachelorette party would be complete without a couple of games. Create a custom quiz that tests the guests’ knowledge of the special couple. Start the night off by handing each guest one of these and see who knows the bride best.

Via Heavens to Besty

Custom Tanks

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For a bachelorette weekend, matching tank tops are a great keepsake. Let the jokes on each top reflect each guest and reminisce on old memories while also creating new ones.

Via LineLiam 

Temporary Tattoos

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Gift each guest one of these funky custom tattoos. They may actually end up being a lifesaver if one of the bridesmaids ends up being a tad over-served…

Via Love and Lion 

“Kisses From Your Bitches”

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At the end of the weekend, have each girl kiss a canvas. Once you are home get it framed and then give it to the bride. We promise every bride will be thrilled to receive this personal and sentimental keepsake that commemorates her “last” wild weekend.

TGI Tip: Try to get each girl to wear a different shade of lipstick. The multiple shades will make for fun and colorful home décor.

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We love hearing about what you ladies did for your favorite Brides-to-Be. Tell us in the comments below and browse our Bachelorette Pinterest board for more fun ideas.

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Mar 24 2016

11 Major Wedding Registry Trends: Macy’s Registry Series

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For our third post in our Wedding Registry Series with Macy’s, we’re talking about our favorite wedding registry trends of 2016. Whether you are the happy couple-to-be or are gifting the happy couple-to-be, we’ll walk you through the trends you need to know.

1. Home Decor Elements

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Couples are adhering to less strict registry rules than decades of the past. Many already have the basic home essentials, but would prefer some fun items to express their new style as a couple like photo displays or wall decor.

2. Al Fresco Dining Options

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With the shift in more casual and outdoor entertaining, high end designers like Kate Spade and Michael Aram are creating chic lines of melamine plastic, eco-friendly and party approved tableware that is both design and budget-friendly. It’s perfect for the couple who loves to entertain.

3. Copper Everything

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Whether choosing new pots and pans, a french press or barware, copper is definitely the metallic hue of the moment. We love how it mixes well with a range of other metals for a fresh and eclectic look.

4. Kitchen Space Savers

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With all the gadgets, mixers and large serving pieces couples get for their wedding, it isn’t often there is *extra* space in a newlyweds kitchen. These Joseph and Joseph cutting boards and mixing bowl sets are a both stylish and space-saving kitchen solution.

5. Faceted Designs

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We’ve been seeing the faceted design trend everywhere, from vases to light fixtures and we can’t get enough. For the on-trend couple, a few home accents in this style is the perfect way to add fresh and functional elements to their happy home.

6. Cast Iron Cookware

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As far as cast iron cookware, Le Creuset is the gold standard. A french classic, you can braise, simmer or roast almost anything, they have a last-forever quality and the most beautiful range of colors. It’s the perfect way to add a cohesive pop of color that will stand the test of time.

7. Time-Saving Gadgets

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The tech world is exploding with ways to make it easy for couples to keep their home in top shape. Couples are adding time-saving gadgets like the iRobot to their registry to keep their newlywed homes clean as easily as possible.

8. Gold Flatware

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It’s all about gold flatware for the dining table these days. The modern couple is mixing and matching metals for a less formal but still cohesive look when entertaining.

9. Bar Cart Essentials

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The bar cart has made a serious comeback. Bar tools, decanters and assorted style glassware are at the top of many couple’s wish lists.

10. Experience Related Ideas

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Many couples are asking for more experience related gifts that they can enjoy together outside the home, like a fun picnic basket, blanket or hammock.

11. Marble Inspired Serveware 

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Marble inspired looks aren’t only for fancy countertops anymore. The style is newly trending for serving essentials like cheese boards, cake stands and cutting boards. It’s a less expensive way to add the same chic and clean feel to any budget home.

This post is part of a new, exciting wedding collaboration with Macy’s.

 

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Mar 16 2016

Trending Gift: Adult Coloring Books

The new trend in coloring ain’t just for the kiddies. Adult coloring books are popping up all across gift shops and the interwebs and we’re loving the creative grown up vibes

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For the doodler in your crew, gift a Colorit Adult Coloring Book. This is no kiddy coloring book, they have hardback covers, spiral binding with a lay flat design & artist quality paper ideal for pencils, markers, pastels … 50 pages, all drawn by hand, by one artist. Nothing is computer generated. Designs range from beginner to expert. We also love their 48 piece Colored Pencils Set, great combo gift idea. Coloring Books $15.99.

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Mar 14 2016

5 Essentials For Your St Paddy’s Day Party

Spring is right around the corner and finally getting us out of our winter funk! Over here at The Gift Insider, we love any and every excuse to celebrate holidays (and warm weather) to the fullest. This year, we’re throwing our own St. Patrick’s Day themed party and wanted to share what we found to be 5 crafty DIY essentials to kickstart the perfect day.

Let’s be honest, St. Patrick’s Day is just an excuse for us to all justify spending an entire day drinking and eating with our friends and families. Between the parades, fireworks, and booze-filled festivities; there is no better initiation to the spring season.

The Essentials: 

1. The Perfect Cocktail 

These HoneyDew, Cucumber Mint Mojito’s are the perfect light and crisp cocktail for day drinking.

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Via Thyme Food Blog 

2. Great Decorations 

No party is complete without a little bit of decoration. These fun centerpieces are eye-catching and simple to make!

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Via Two Twenty One 

3. A Themed Snack 

These Pot O’ Gold Oreos are decorative and yummy desserts for guests.

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Via Happy Hour Projects 

4. Party Favors

Give your guests something to remember the day by. These Mason Jars are simple to make and the perfect party favor for everyone.

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Via Uncommon Designs 

5. Jello Shots

What party is complete without Jello Shots? While this recipe gives you the choice of making them kid-friendly, TGI definitely suggests making them boozy!

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Via Hoosier Homemade 

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